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Time for change

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Just a bit of background…

Our Twinnies

I’ve been doing this crochet thing since 2011.  Full time.  My twins were born 2010 and most of the time I juggled between raising them and building a crochet business.                                                                                                                                                                                           I started by making the cutest little shoes and socks for my premature babies.  Yes, they didn’t last long as they grew at a tremendous speed, weighing 1.8kg and 1.9kg respectively at birth (and lost 100g each right after birth) and grew out of preemie clothes within the first 3 weeks.

The day she was born

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My twinnies at about 2 weeks old

Crochet gifts and props

Except for these two little blessings, my whole life involved around crochet the past, almost decade.  After friends saw all these cute little things I crocheted for my twinnies and for friends that also started getting babies around the same time, I started getting orders for crocheted baby items from all over.  And not long after that I found myself making photography props for my friends, family and also photographers building their baby prop repertoire.

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Btrix Dsigns

Photography props and baby and children items

Teaching Crochet

Just to mention that I’ve been a dressmaker and -designer all my life and taught sewing classes for some time as well and therefor I didn’t just get orders for cute crochet baby stuff, but my friends started asking me to teach them to crochet as well.  As they said: “You teach sewing, why don’t you start teaching crochet too?”.  And that is how my classes and workshops started.  I love being a crochet designer and teacher and that is what I am born to do.

Surene Palvie from YarnatZelle in her early crochet learning days with Btrix Dsigns

Surene Palvie from Yarn@Zelle in her early crochet learning days…

A growing little business

My hubby and I made the decision for me to be full time mommy and eventually take part in the homeschooling journey, whenever we would’ve start with a family.  I am committed to that decision, as it is what I always wanted to do and I believe it is my God-given responsibility.  So that means hubby is the sole breadwinner, taking care of our family financially while I take care of the kids. The thing is, that is not always easy to have one income and having an entrepreneurial streak I knew that I will build a business of some kind so that there could be another stream of income for whatever our needs are.  None the less, I built my little crochet business, while raising my little ones and doing both are not always easy.  There came numerous times that I had to slow down, give up on certain things, scale down as running a one-woman-business takes up a lot of your time.   I could never “build a dream”, but only sustain and maintain what I could manage while being full time mommy.  I think many momtrepreneurs can relate.

Time for change

This year there are many changes going to happen.  And due to these changes, I am making changes in my business.  I came to that famous fork in the road where, once again, I have to make decisions that is good for me and everyone else.  I made crochet baby items, started to design and teach classes, I compiled my own manuals for the latter from which my first published crochet book was born, I had a little home-based yarn shop which I had to “close down” when we moved from city-to-city just to start another one on smaller scale as soon as I settled in my new environment.  I started to dye my own yarn brand which also went through a few ups and downs as well.  I just published my second crochet book that focuses on Tunisian Crochet.  I moved my focus from conventional crochet to Tunisian crochet.

From everything I’ve done and been involved in, in the yarn industry, I am going into a total different direction of what I’ve been doing.  This is something I wanted to do for years now, but the book writing, the move, the kids and so many other things, took up soo much of my time to really explore this avenue.

What is changing…?

If you want know what is happening, then you better hang out here often.  Subcribe to my newsletter, so I can keep you up to date with all the changes and new things happening here.

Until the next time!

Enjoy this new journey with me!

xxx

 

 

 

Tri-Celebration

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April is ‘n baie belangrike maand in die Snyman huis.
Dan word daar ‘n huweliksherdenking en 2 verjaardae sommer 3 dae in ‘n ry gevier.
Die 7de het ons, ons 7de huweliksherdenking gevier.
Die 8e was manlief se verjaardag en die 9e was dit my voorreg om nog ‘n lewensjaar te vier.
En ek kon dit weer saam met baie spesiale vriendinne doen.
En almal van hulle hekel natuurlik.
Maar wat vir my so spesiaal is, is die geskenkies wat hulle aan dra!
Alles handgemaak!!!

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Ek het my eie eerste gehekelde waslappie gekry!! Want jy hekel die mos vir almal behalwe jouself.
Ekt my eerste “teapot cozy” gekry, want die word ook altyd as geskenke vir ander gemaak, en jou eie teepot staan en koud kry.
En die mooiste mosaic harte! Want die liefde vir handewerk vier hooggety!
En dan, om dit af te rond…die mooiste blikkie (met ietsie wat lekker ruik daarbinne vir die waslappie), want ek hou van houertjies. As ek iets binne in iets kan pak, is my hart gelukkig.
En moenie van al die lekker eetgoed vergeet wat ons geniet het nie!!!

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Dankie vir almal wat die dag saam met my gedeel het, vir die sms’e, die whatsapp boodskappe, die facebook posts, die facebook boodskappe, eposse, en oproepe. Ek het baie spesiaal gevoel, want my lewe is gevul met spesiale mense soos julle!!
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